Back in July 2004, an adult male orangutan was rescued from one of the local plantation in Palantaran. He was 20 years old at the time with fully developed cheek-pads. During his rescue and transport, this male was very unhappy and tried biting his way out of the transport cage, as such he damaged some of his teeth. We named him Ompong.
Luckily Ompong’s teeth cause him no difficulties and he can still eat hard food items and has never been sick! After almost 8 years at Nyaru Menteng, Ompong is now waiting for his turn to be released to the forest. On March 31 2012, this healthy male (58.3 kg) will be enjoying wild fruits and living in freedom.